The ChemicalYouth project held seminars in Manado, North Sulawesi, and Jayapura, Papua, to share research insights and engage with academics and students from the local universities.
In Manado, the ChemicalYouth visit consisted of a three-day event (October 19th – 21th 2015), comprising of a seminar, a photo competition and exhibition, as well as an interactive discussion day together with diverse youth groups. Amanda Lestari, a local Bachelor student and member of the Indonesia ChemicalYouth team, premiered her short film together with Bintan Siregar on the everyday chemical lives of young people in Manado. Following short presentations in which Amanda Lestari, Nastasja Ilonka Roels, and Diana Pakasi shared their respective research insights into the use of health products, alcohol, and sexual products, was a lively discussion among the day's participants, which was moderated by the lively Christin Peea (Dea).
Prof. Anita Hardon, Dr. Pande Made Kurtanegara, and Prof. Nurul Ilmi Idrus kicked off the first day of the seminar at Sam Ratulangi University (Unsrat) with their presentations followed by fruitful discussions with local academics and local Government representatives. On the same day, the photo exhibition was run and the photos taken by Unsrat's students captured the enthusiasm of Manado's youth in sharing their own experiences of the use of chemicals in their daily lives.
The ChemicalYouth visit to Manado closed with a music event organized together with the local Punk community at a local café, showcasing a number of local Punk rock and Reggae bands, including CapTikus Squad, Lamp of Bottle, and Reggatta.
In Jayapura, on October 26th, 2015, a seminar of “Youth, Sexuality, and Modernity in Contemporary Indonesia” was held at Cendrawasih University (Uncen). Prof. Anita Hardon and Dr. Sylvia Tidey gave their presentations along with two other presenters from Uncen. On the same day in the afternoon, Prof. Anita Hardon and Prof. Nurul Ilmi Idrus delivered a general lecture on the anthropology of pharmaceutical with some excerpts from the grand tour studies in Indonesia. The lecture was attended by Uncen graduate students.